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Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge
Ranked #6 of 126 Knysna B&B and Inns
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London
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“Personal service - great place - fantastic!”
Reviewed December 5, 2009

This was our first trip to Knysna and the Elephant Hide couldn't have been a better place to stay. Although it is technically only a B&B, if you want to eat at the Lodge in the evenings anything can be arranged and almost any food you want from town can be ordered up to the lodge. Having a 1 year old and friends with a 5 month old, this suited perfectly so we could put the babies to bed and enjoy the comfort of the lodge, have great food but not need a babysitter. There are staff around in the evenings so should you need a babysitter though that is also no problem. We also had a BBQ on our last night and they provided everything we'd need - the kitchen is open to be used and it felt just as convenient as being at home although far more relaxing! Louise and Ryan who run the lodge are incredibly friendly and prepared to sort and organise anything you might need. There is loads to do in and around Knysna and although it isn't tecnically a beach holiday there is a gorgeous beach 10 mins drive away. All in all - a great place!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with family
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london
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Reviewed October 24, 2009

We stayed at the Elephant Hide for three nights and it was amazing. The lodge we had was gorgeous - spacious and very comfortable with the most amazing bathroom. The service was friendly but we also appreciated the space we were given to enjoy the beautiful location whilst still feeling like the staff really cared. When we arrived we were slightly worried about the location - it is a couple of kilometres out of town but we soon realised that the location led to the most amazing views and it was very peaceful and relaxing. Breakfast was lovely and the staff were really knowledgable about the local area. A perfect guest house, especially for honeymooners and those looking for a break after exploring Cape Town.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

We stayed at the EHK 3 years ago for 1 night and this time when returning, we made sure we had 4 nights, as we enjoyed it so much before.
Each lodge sits on the top of a cliff overlooking Knysna Lagoon, the bedrooms, bathroom and showers have the most amazing views - and you could sit there for hours just watching the world.
The rooms and bathrooms are very spacious and the service is excellent. Beds are turned down each night and there is a wide choice of freshly cooked breakfast in the morning.
Should we ever come down the garden route again, we will certainly stay here.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 21, 2009

Elephant Hide is a really fantastic place to stay, great views over the Knysna Lagoon. Private rooms, and most friendly staff. The Utermark family made us feel very welcome, with lots of ideas of what to do and where to go. We cant wait to get back there!
PS. great breakfasts! Would be a lovely place for honeymooners too...

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 22, 2009

Wonderful location and a warm friendly welcome by the fabulous staff.
The Elephant Hide Guest Lodge is most attractive, situated high on the eastern hills overlooking the inner reaches of the Knysna lagoon and over the forest to the Outeniqua Mountains beyond. The village of Belvedere is across the water and there is nothing to spoil the view or the peace. The lodges are built with care and to a very high standard, each with unimpeded views from the very well appointed bedroom, deck and sensational deep whirlpool bath, surrounded by an attractive natural garden of indigenous flora. The herby scents night and morning are very invocative the unique "Cape Fynbos", which has been just manicured into a tranquil surrounding. The breakfasts are wonderfully different and prepared to an exceptionally high standard, and nothing is too much trouble for the superb house manager, Fish Only 2 nights is not enough – this would be a place to retreat and recharge tired batteries. There are numerous restaurants within 3 – 5 miles from the Lodge and many attractions in the area to keep the most discerning traveller occupied. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed March 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 24, 2009

I have been a hotelier for 16 years and I run a large Hotel for an International Chain Brand, to go to this guest house was an absolute pleasure, we could not have been better fed and pampered.

Our rooms was fantastic, overlooking the lagoon, it was spotless and had everything we needed. Breakfast was great, nice to have a choice for breakfast and the presentation was better than some hotels i have seen.

All round, we could not fault the service or product and would highly recommend the hide as "the place to go!!"

  • Stayed May 2009, traveled as a couple
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london
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Reviewed March 15, 2009

Stayed for two nights. Rooms are lovely with views over the lagoon. Huge windows give a real sense of space. Bathroom was lovely with a great bath for sharing and supping a cold beer whilst looking out onto the lagoon. Nice quiet spot away from the bustle. Breakfast was very good with a whole range of hot and cold options. In room spa treatments were organised by the hotel, very cheap and high quality.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge
Address: Cherry Lane | Welbedacht, Knysna 6571, South Africa
Location: South Africa > Western Cape > Knysna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 126 B&Bs / Inns in Knysna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge 4*
Number of rooms: 7
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Elephant Hide of Knysna Guest Lodge is situated on top of the Welbedacht Cliff Tops 3km from Knysna Town, the Lodge overlooks the Knysna Lagoon and the Outeniqua mountains. The theme of the Lodge is one based on natural beauty with stone and wood architecture combining to give that comfortable earth feel. This Knysna Accommodation has four suites with magical views of the Knysna lagoon from every corner of the room. The fifth and sixth suite while still enjoying lagoon views are embedded in indigenous “fynbos” surroundings attracting numerous bird species and giving that “hidden away” feeling. Enjoy a relaxing spa-bath while gazing into infinity. All the suites have double showers with views and are private.The lodge is a family run business that prides itself on personal service and ensuring an unforgettable experience for all. ... more   less 
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